George Zimmerman 'Had Hate in His Heart,' Prosecutor Tells Jury

Prosecutor ended trial saying Zimmerman "had hate in his heart."

ByABC News
July 11, 2013, 9:49 PM

SANFORD, Fla., July 12, 2013— -- The jury considering murder charges against George Zimmerman deliberated for more than three hours today before adjourning for the night without reaching a verdict.

The jury of six women, who have been sequestered for more than three weeks during the trial, will resume their deliberations Saturday at 9 a.m.

The panel retired from the courtroom to begin their discussions about 2:30 p.m. and after a couple hours asked the court for a list of evidence. At 6 p.m. they quit for the night.

They were given the case after an impassioned final round of arguments in which Zimmerman's lawyer insisted he did not commit a crime when he shot Trayvon Martin, and a prosecutor said Zimmerman "had hate in his heart" when he fired his gun

Seventeen months after the death of Martin, 23 days in court, and 56 witnesses later the controversial case is nearing an end.

Zimmerman's attorney implored the all female jury during his closing argument to acquit his client, assuring them Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Martin.

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"You want to take away somebody's liberty? They've got to prove their case. The burden is on the state," said defense lawyer Mark O'Mara.

Prosecutor John Guy shot back in his rebuttal by telling the jurors, who at times appeared emotional as Guy delivered his final message, to use their common sense when weighing the evidence.

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"If the defendant did only what he is supposed to do -- see and call -- none of us would've been here," said Guy. "This case isn't about standing your ground. It is about staying in your car."

Zimmerman, 29, faces a second-degree murder charge for killing Martin. If convicted of the murder, he could face up to life in prison. The jurors have also been given the option of convicting him of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

In the defense's closing argument that was markedly more understated than the prosecution's at times heated presentations, O'Mara scoffed at claims that Zimmerman lied and was a wannabe cop who profiled Martin, 17, to be a criminal.

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O'Mara punctuated his critique of the prosecution's case by repeatedly exclaiming, "Really? Really?"

"I don't think you should connect any dots at all. If the decision is made by the state to present additional evidence do not presume, do not assume, do not give anyone the benefit of doubt besides George Zimmerman," O'Mara said.

Towards the end of his more than two hour long closing argument, O'Mara held up a photo of Martin's lifeless body. It prompted Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, to get up and leave the courtroom.

The racially charged case began on Feb. 26, 2012 when Zimmerman - a white Hispanic -- called police to report what he said was a suspicious person in his neighborhood on a rainy night. He got out of his car to follow Martin, who was black, but claims he stopped when police asked him not to follow, but that he wanted to get an address for police.

Zimmerman told police that Martin confronted him, knocked him down and banged his head on the sidewalk and then started to reach for Zimmerman's gun. Zimmerman said he grabbed the gun and shot Martin once in self-defense.

O'Mara used props that included a chart called the "self-defense burden of proof," a timeline of Zimmerman's call to a police non-emergency dispatcher, and a 90 second animated video detailing Zimmerman's version of what happened that night.

But one of the most dramatic moments of O'Mara's closing argument occurred when the attorney looked at his watch and instructed everybody in the court room to remain still.

The clock kept ticking for what seemed like an interminable length while jurors, the judge, the parents of Zimmerman and Martin stared at the defense table as silence befell the courtroom and O'Mara sat down.